The M.A. Development Studies has a specific focus on development studies and issues around global justice.

It aims at professionalizing those already working in develop­ment or others for whom an e-learning program seems more fitting. It offers a solid academic base in the field of development studies.

Students learn about relevant theories that are nec­essary to critically reflect on current practices in the field of development aid. Practical competencies are furthered through courses such as project planning, monitoring and evaluation. Academic competencies in research methods and writing skills enable a continuation in a scientific career.

Stemming from the diversity of the student body, the specific worth of the program lies in the oppor­tunity to literally assess international issues through virtual co-learning with students from across the globe.

Application period for online studies

1 August to 31 January

Language: English






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  • Theories of Development
  • Development Industry and Legacy
  • Development Economics
  • Poverty Analysis and Social Protection
  • Public Health in Developing Countries
  • Religion and Development
  • Peace and Conflict Research
  • Methods of Empirical Social Research (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Academic Writing and Rhetoric and Presentation Skills
  • Planning, Management and Evaluation of Development Projects
  • Disaster Management and Response
  • Sustainability, De-growth and Resource Politics
  • Globalization and Global Governance
  • Migration and Development
  • Gender Intersectionality and Development
  • Land Use, Land Rights and Development
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Research-Oriented Master Thesis

A specialization in an area of concentration is possible.

Handbooks / Regulations / Academic information

Module Guidebook  M.A. Development Studies

Effective from October 1, 2020

General Study and Examination Regulations for Programs of the School of Social Sciences

Effective from July 01, 2018


Kwaku Arhin-Sam

M.A. B.Ed.
Leiter | Friedensau Institute for Evaluation
Dozent für International Social Sciences

Telefon: +49 (0) 3921-916-144
Fax: +49 (0) 3921-916-201

An der Ihle 5
39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Jill Philine Blau
Dr. phil.

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

Telefon: + 49 (0) 3921 916-153
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-201

An der Ihle 5 A
39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Daniel Bendix
Prof. Dr.

Ph.D. (University of Manchester, UK)
Dozent für Development Studies

Telefon: +49 (0) 3921 916-203
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-201

An der Ihle 5 A
D-39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Ulrike Schultz
Prof. Dr. rer. pol.

Prodekanin Fachbereich Christliches Sozialwesen
Studiengangsleiterin International Social Sciences (Development Studies)
Dozentin für Entwicklungssoziologie und -ökonomie

Telefon: +49 (0) 3921 916-193
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-201

An der Ihle 5 A
39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Thomas Spiegler
Prof. Dr. phil.

Professor für Soziologie und empirische Sozialforschung
Dekan Fachbereich Christliches Sozialwesen

Telefon: +49 (0) 3921 916-151
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-201

An der Ihre 5 A
39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Annette Witherspoon

Lehrbeauftragte International Social Sciences

Telefon: 03921 916-150
Fax: 03921 916-201

An der Ihle 5 A
39291 Möckern-Friedensau


Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor degree in social sciences, humanities or other related fields
  • English proficiency test (e.g. TOEFL) or a Bachelor degree taught in English
  • Experience in development cooperation

Time Frame

  • 6 semesters (120 credit points)
  • E-learning modules only
  • Courses will start from Summer Semester 2021

Language: English

Tuition Fees

  • 1999,-- EUR per semester
  • Students that register for 2021/22 will only pay 999,-- EUR for the first two semesters


Formal application is from 1 August untill 31 January.  Please write to Dr. Jill Philine Blau if you are interested.

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Jill Philine Blau
Dr. phil.

Telefon: + 49 (0) 3921 916-153

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